Christmas in July

For my birthday last year, a friend gave me a charm pack of Christmas fabric I had admired. I really liked the aqua and red combination, so different from the regular red and green. I held on to the pack, waiting for just the right project. Last Christmas, the Temecula Quilt Co. reposted their 12 Days of Christmas project. Yes, there it was. So I sewed him up and just had the pieced project on display at Christmas time. There were 12 little blocks and each block contained the number of pieces for each day; day 1/1 whole block. Day 12/12 pieces.

IMG_5408Since I’m concentrating on easy projects right now, I decided it was time to quilt this little quilt. I did straight line quilting on my sewing machine. I was too lazy to attach my walking foot so it is a little wonky.

This Christmas wall quilt is the last of the little quilts I pieced last winter. I’m going to have a binding blitz with 4 small quilts to bind but they won’t take long.

I’ve been thinking about what piecing project to work on now. There are so many online quilts and BOM’s to tempt me besides the unfinished projects I’ve already started. Where do I start?

The Fabric Vortex quilt over at Crazy Mom Quilts is very attractive and uses a lot of leftover fabrics. There’s  Cozy Afternoon BOM from Jacquelynne Steves, another great project. I’m downloading the patterns from Turning Twenty’s Seeing Stars BOM. That one really tempted me. They are sewing the blocks in Kaffe Fassett fabrics, I’ve got Kaffe fabrics leftover from last summer’s project.

However, I don’t want to do anything that requires much thinking, I’m still recovering from Jane burnout.

When I was reorganizing my fabric stash, I pulled fabric to be cut into strips, including the Kaffe fabric. So that is what one project is. I’ve cut the fabric into   1-1/2″ strips and I’m sewing the strips together. Eventually they will all end up as 4 patch blocks. There is a general plan for the 4 patches to end up in a quilt but there is no rush.

Several years ago I bought several border print fabrics to make table runners. I made several but was distracted and never finished piecing the rest. Table runners are on the list. And then there are 400 1″ finished HST’s I need to piece for a scrappy quilt.

I will be participating in a siggie (signature) exchange in late fall. I will start piecing those blocks after the sign up ends August 8. So far the number of participants is 55.

I will keep on working at the easy projects for now. Soon I will have my GO back and then I will be full speed ahead again.

I’ve linked up to Esther’s Wednesday Wow.

10 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. I like your Xmas Quilt! I totally understand wanting to do something easy and no brainers. I am doing the EPP project so that I can muster up the courage to start on Di Ford’s mystery quilt from 2014! I love the Australian quilts. But good for you in doing some down time.

  2. What a great little quilt. I completely understand about burnout. I’m doing the Turning Twenty BOM, the blocks are quick and easy to make up at the moment

  3. Sweet little quilt. I remember a couple of periods in the past when red, green, aqua became Christmas colors–the first time in the late 1950s.

    And the idea of “Jane burnout” makes me smile, because I know that could happen to me if I tried it! Perhaps someday I’ll design my own quilt from small blocks.

  4. Very pretty little mini, I really like that straight line quilting. Hope you found a new project to play with, you had some fun choices listed.

  5. Love your little mini quilt! Your friend should have got you binding fabric too! I’ve finally been sewing again. Keep up the good projects. You are so inspiring.

  6. I understand completely about burning out after a big project and wanting to do something without too much thinking. Sounds like you are getting a plan started. Your Christmas quit is a cutie and nice to have it done.

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